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] >> welcome again to the foundation for defense of democracy's annual washington forum. my name is kenneth schwartz. i have the pleasure of introducing distinguished public official robert kc, senior senator from the state of pennsylvania. you served since 2007 as chairman of near east and south asia subcommittee, senate foreign relations committee only in the first term. one can scarcely imagine a more challenging time, the past two years in the middle east have seen wars in international borders, collapse of regimes in decades and the rise of political movements that may yet turn hostile in the united states and its allies. new developments, he has led the way on many issues of great concern to ftd. he is founder and co-chair of the bipartisan senate caucus on weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, in that capacity worked across the partisan divide to highlight serious threats of -- weapons of mass deliberation. he has done as much to run our greatest threat in the middle east and often lead the way on pressure advancing nuclear activities and efforts to destabilize the middle east. in
for defense of democracy. they are hosting a forum called "dictators and dissidents." we'll take you live to the event with remarks from incoming chairman ed royce and senator bob casey and talking about syria and tensions in iran coming up in a few minutes. we will bring you a portion of the morning portion of the discussion at the foundation for defense of democracy. this segment and this panel discussion focused on the egyptian elections. >> good morning everyone. thank you, bob, for that introduction and thank you all of you for coming out early this morning for what i think will be a lively debate. we are going to be asking the question if democracy is to triumph in the middle east, victories at the ballot box are inavoidable and essential. this is the motion we will be debating in the intelligence-squared format per requests from our panelists who have done this once already -- they have had a practice round. they have not had a chance of doing this, but i suspect, had probably had several scotches and talked about ways to defeat their foes. we know that this is a time of revolution
by the department of defense to consider what ways we might also engage in terms of institutional development with the defense institutions and that's something in the last several years where we are ramping up in the department of the ability to provide advisers and other types of institutional reform engagement with various military partners to ensure that just as we are looking at strengthening of the tactical level we are also focusing on the institutional strength of these defense institutions. >> ms. dory can we afford to wait a year for planning, training, assembly of a regional force for the completion of negotiations for the successful election in some press accounts aqim is described as this point the best funded and best equipped most potentially lethal affiliate in the world and those accounts are overblown but the suggestion is we should have an area the size of texas controlled by terrorists engaged in drug trafficking and kidnappings that have had an inflow of some sophisticated weapons. can we afford to wait a year for the regional solution. >> i think one of the things as we
on the defense authorization bill. in the process, mccain gave credence to filibuster reform. his comments step all over mitch mcconnell's claim. it's not an effort to marginalize the minority party. with 386 filibusters from republicans, these rule changes are simply a way to make the senate work again. that's what you pay them for. let's turn now to senator debbie stabenow of michigan. there's been a lot of conversation in the liberal community in this country about this. and democrats seem to be chomping at the bit. is this going to happen? are we going to see change? >> yes, i believe that we are going to see change. we have the support to make the changes and i think it's clear the public wants us to get something done. of course, we're going to work across a shouldn't be able to hold up the department of defense bill or in the case of my bringing jobs home act, which is so important for shipping jobs overseas, we had 57 votes but we couldn't get 60 to stop a filibuster and they didn't have to stand on the floor and talk so nobody knew who it was from block us to closing loopholes to bring
. and the nation needs a cia director post-david petraeus. now president obama may announce his pick for defense secretary within the next couple weeks and he may make it in a high-powered package announcement along with his choice for secretary of state. so all these jobs coming up, state, defense, cia, all will need to be confirmed by the senate and will be announced maybe at once and before christmas. maybe this is the time to have the debate about the way our national security is run. the debate we did not necessarily have before we started making big fundamental changes to that system that mostly just still get discussed behind closed doors. joining us now is senator claire mccaskill, chair of the support subcommittee. thank you for being here. >> it's great to be here. >> you and i have had a lot of interesting conversations over the years about national security. in part, because we have some differences of opinion on it. did i say anything that struck you as a misstatement of the facts? >> it's important to point out that the enemy of today is a much different enemy than the enemy that o
of the capitol the house of representatives, the tea party there seems to be playing defense. i know alan west, one of your close buddies was upset that he lost, he is gone. how does it feel when you look at john boehner the speaker republican leader and he knows every day that the tea party which had held him hostage the last two years the tea party in the house is playing defense, as well it seems. >> well, i was playing more than defense. unfortunately it feels like in the house the tail continues to wag the dog. you still seem to have a leadership on the republican side in the house led by speaker boehner and eric cantor who are dug in continuing to say that they are not going to generate revenue through increasing tacker rates on the wealthiest 2% of this country. eric cantor said he would not bring the bill that is sitting over in the house having passed the senate to the floor that gives certainties to the middle class passing the tax cuts that we all agree needs to be extended right now. i'm hopeful ever hopeful that we can work together and have a balanced approach to deficit reductio
's strategic defense initiative brought them to the negotiating tabling the e.u. was not alive, it was not a political union. >>neil: given the trend and how they hand out the awards the common theme seems to be bash america, sort of like sally field accepting it for, i don't know, jane fonda, his theme has been europe is in the pickle because of the united states, but this is a prevailing view that the european union is facing their problems because of the united states. they cannot be serious. >>guest: no, i quite agree and basically, norway, which gives the thing, it is very political, norway is not even in the european union but they are next door to this whole number which is a growing totalitarian state. it failed to give peace over kosovo and it has given its people massive borrowing and not they have over borrowed and the recommendation is alwaysst either and now you have rioting and forces for secession to break up the european union. it is a massive totalitarian state, grabbing power, and it gives its parliament elections but in power, and it does not like disagreemen
problem. you know, clinton took that approach in 1993. he cut defense way back. i think the president could do a little bit more to attract some people over to his side if he did that. but i'm just struck by the fact that we've got this completely outside game. >> right. >> there's not a lot going on on the inside in terms of real negotiation. but we'll get there. >> and steve, this is a point we brought up last hour. you know, everybody is debating over raising top rates for people making $250,000 or more. you look -- tom's talking about $88 trillion. you look at the small percentage, these tax increases as part of the bigger problem, and you realize that we're not even having a serious discussion right now. we're obsessed on something that's not going to save us. >> well, that's true. first, with respect to what david said, i think partly why they're playing an outside game is because they've been criticized in the past of playing too much of an inside game. the president's criticized himself for not taking his message outside, telling his story. secondly, i do think the president h
some vowing to support the treaty voted no. one was the home school legal defense association. the hslda, the powerful lobby group around the country whose leader you're about to meet. they had some very strong things to say about the treaty, but the notion was basically this. if it were to pass, they said, the u.n. treaty would somehow let the u.n. mandate how parents of disabled kids in america cared for their children. americans -- among the senators echoing that center is mike lee of utah. keeping them honest, though, when i asked him to specify how this u.n. influence might manifest itself, here's the answer he gave. >> can you name any other u.n. treaty that has forced changes in u.s. law? >> i didn't come prepared to cite supreme court precedent on this point but it's a well -- >> what you're saying is hypothetical. you're using a bunch of hypotheticals saying this is going to force abortion rights for disabled people overseas. i mean, some groups are saying children with glasses are going be taken from their parents. you're using all these very scary hypotheticals. you
spending will also kick in. half of the cuts, about $55 billion, comes from the defense budget. the other 55 billion come from nondefense programs, like health care, education, housing assistance. our chief political analyst gloria borger has been looking at all of these numbers. the dire consequences of going over the cliff, is it enough to force a deal? >> no. and that's what is sort of striking about it. when you talk to some liberal democrat, they actually say, you know what, maybe it's better to go off the cliff because you get the defense spending cuts that dana was talking about and the tax cuts for the wealthy expire. you can always restore the tax cuts for the middle class. she talked to some republicans, they say a bad deal is not what we want. they don't want any deal. and then, of course, you talk to the american public as we keep doing here. and the american public, take a look at this, they believe that if there is no deal, it would have a negative impact on their financial situation. i think the real problem here, wolf, is that every politician understands that they are goi
clinton and defense secretary leon panetta issued more stern warnings to syria today after nbc confirmed syria has loaded chemicals for deadly gas into bombs. >> the whole world is watching. the whole world is watching very closely. >> secretary clinton, in fact, just wrapped up an important meeting in russia, syria's strongest ally. "time" magazine's jim frederick will join us live about the latest developments. we know president obama and speaker boehner spoke on the phone last night, talked a lot about that even though we don't know what they discussed. the first read team says a fiscal cliff deal is in sight. what do they think the big deal will be? join our conversation on twitter. find us at @tamronhall a and @newsnation. [ male announcer ] at scottrade, you won't just find us online, you'll also find us in person, with dedicated support teams at over 500 branches nationwide. so when you call or visit, you can ask for a name you know. because personal service starts with a real person. [ rodger ] at scottrade, seven dollar trades are just the start. our support teams are nearby, re
] >> stephanie: threatening the stability of the netherland's sea defenses, a group of experts known as -- >> dikes. >> stephanie: i think they try not to put the same word in the same sentence. in a sentence where they use beaver they use sea defenses. clearly, they are beaver experts like jim. >> dikes. >> stephanie: the mammal society has put together other wildlife groups to protection the water-blocking dikes. from the small but potentially destructive semi aquatic rodents. where they use dikes they're not going to say beaver. >> clever how they did that. >> infer something. >> who put some thought into this? >> stephanie: they're like stop it. >> stop it! >> stephanie: don't put that in the same sentence. >> ann: stop it. >> stephanie: there are is still a lot of unintentional hilarity. there have been no beaver sightings into the capital of amsterdam. you can get a lot of things in amsterdam. surprising you can't get beaver. you can get a block of hash -- >> the size of your face. >> stephanie: beave
act. we have the national defense authorization act. all of these things have to be done by the end of the year and he's canceling days of business. so it is a bizarre situation right now. we have -- we came in last night. 6:30. we had one vote to approve the journal. very significant. we're in session all day today. we have one vote. it is a procedural vote. and then we're out of session as of 1:00 tomorrow. >> stephanie: that's a little -- that's a little counterintuitive. we have so much to do. let's work less. good luck. do you have hope for -- better hope for the new congress in the new year? >> i do. again, i think the mood is changing and i think the new members who are coming in are -- were elected in a different environment with a different mandate, if you can call it a mandate. they were elected to get something done. >> stephanie: yep. >> the 84 or 85 or 86 who are leaving, good riddance! >> stephanie: nicely said, sir. all right, representative john yarmuth, thank you sir. >> i love
reporter joe carter is here to talk about all of this. what did he say in his own defense? >> i found several fire bob costas facebook pages with lots of likes. he went on the shows yesterday morning and defended himself and said that he did admit he made a mistake, that he used wrong forum to take on such a heavy-handed topic, that he should have listened to his own rule which is when you take on a topic as politically charged as gun control, leave yourself enough time to fully flush out that topic. and as we know in television, you only have so much time to talk about a certain topic. he had only about 90 seconds to discuss that topic. he broke his own broadcasting rule in taking on that topic in that forum. he also said he doesn't disagree with the second amendment, he believes people should have the right to bear arms but he believes we should change the gun culture in your country, like grabbing your keys, grabbing your wallet, grabbing your gun before you leave the house is how the culture needs to change. and the amount of people who want him to be fired for what he said sunday
will restore some of the defense cuts made by the sequester. i will be -- the obama tax cuts will replace the bush tax cuts. >> do you think bainer is getting hoodwinked on this? >> it's hard for me to see how the republicans emerge from this well. they are turning the retreat they began november 6th into a republican route i think right now because in their hearts they don't believe what they are doing is right. >> so what do they do? >> it's like a doctor coming in and saying, look, you can give this kidney more heroin, it will kill him. that's what is hurting them and the other doctors come in and say we have to steady and put him on a diet of a little more of this stuff and the other doctor said, no, i'm not going to help you out, i'm not doing that. >> that's what the conservatives in the house are saying to boehner we are going the wrong way. >> then you go off the cliff and go exactly what you said. >> it would be a terrible blow. what the republicans should have done in the beginning is mr. president what do we agree on? we agree on cuts. that's the only thing they agree on. they
and social security. we borrowed to do two wars, infrastructure, homeland security, defense, everything, culture, big bird, the whole works, we borrowed $3.6 billion a day? we don't we were know what $1 trillion is. you say the big bang theory of the universe, the planets and the sun, spinning off, that happened 13 billion years ago and that isn't close to a trillion and we owe $16 trillion those babies. have a drink. wake up! >>neil: good words, senator, thank you. >>guest: take care my friend. >>neil: senator simpson, he knows the match and so does kentucky senator rand paul who argues that, look, you can race to get a deal done but if it is a bad deal, maybe to that point, senator, a deal weighted on tax hikes, you would not be to that and it would cause more harm than good. >>guest: i have to say my kids saw you as have hero and they thought maybe your mom method you were special. >>neil: pile on, pile on the italian anchor. that is a genuine reflection of who i am. >>guest: i am sure your mom thinks you are special. >>neil: you think what isn't special the way they are going about
spending of our government, things like defense, homeland security, education, it's so-called entitlements. you've got to kurt althe increase in spending on things like medicare that's putting us in the hole. >> what you don't want to do you don't want the make it punitive for people to make charitable donations. to me that's another lose argument for the republican. you got to be very careful where you encourage the cutting of entitlements. >> yeah. one thing i don't think i should ask a democrat to do is turn medicare into a voucher program. you know, the paul ryan budget had a premium support system, which i think makes sense, but a lot of people on the left are not going to go there, but i think we could adjust the age of eligibility for medicare from 65 to 67 over the next 30 years. cue ask all three of us to pay the full cost of part b premiums. >> prescription drugs. >> the prescription drug benefit. make us pay the full costs. we can afford it. but here's what i would say, how this movie ends -- and that's your question. >> yes. >> we will wind up losing on probably the rate issue
to the defense settlement and the objective the nhs budget and the object to the education budget, even though nhs schools are going up, and what exactly would they do? the problem is as was evident from the shadow chancellor's response, they didn't have anything to say on these matters but if they had a credible deficit plan then we would listen to the questions they ask us about the priorities of those plans. >> john stephenson. >> this cools and colleges of 270 million are extremely welcome. schools and colleges such as those in my constituency plans on the runway ready to take off, just in a little additional financial support. will the chancellor help those colleges and schools? >> i'm very happy to look personally at the case my honorable friend makes for his local education facility. these are of course other government departments but we have provided the money for education, for new free schools and academies. and i'm sure that carlyle should be looked at. >> steve reed. >> chancellor aware because of his continuing inadequate level of funding to school building which today's statemen
, pass a massive defense bill yesterday worth $631,000,000,000. the national defense authridesation act imposes new sanctions against iran changes the policy for american citizens and restores the pentagon bio fuels program. the defense bill has always had bi-partisan support. this time, it passed unanimously 98 to zero. we will be right back. who watch our show to be able to come away armed with facts and the arguments to feel confident in their positions. i want them to have the data and i want them to have the passion. but it's also about telling them that you're put on this planet for something more! i want this show to have an impact beyond just informing. an impact that gets people to take action for themselves. as a human being that's really important. this is not just a spectator sport. [ music ] >> broadcasting across the nation on your radio and on current tv this is "the bill press show". >> president obama tells bloomberg news one more time, there will be no deal unless tax rates go up for the wealthiest of americans. what do you say? hello, everybody.
the defense. 28-0 there. brady, four touchdown passes. starts the fourth quarter. hits brady on the screen pass. texans finally catch a break when j.j. watt, a beast, forces a fumble but patriots fall on the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. everything going their way. lands in a route, 42-14, patriots, just one game back of the texans for the playoff race. patriots have won seven games in a row. the only thing hotter, peyton manning and broncos won eight games in a row. >> just not as good as patriots? >> just not added good as patriots. i take them every time. >> i wonder whether they have inflated records. atlanta had a bad week sunday losing to carolina. >> you reminded me of that game. i was watching the falcons. the way it went, i'm thinking about back in high school, mika, they have raccoons. run across the stadium 50-yard line. i'd be running as quarterback, and the raccoon get in my way. those were the good old days. things like that don't happen anymore. >> funny you bring that up. in cincinnati, fans come for the football and there was a raccoon inside the stadium. sunday's
to be on defense this way when they're already having so many other challenges. >> we should bring up the dynamics in michigan that are different. snyder had said all along he was not going to do this, and then to do -- you know, and whereas in wisconsin people thought, well, maybe recalling. they were more sort of divided about whether or not the recall was the right answer to what had happened. i think that's going to be a much easier message to push in michigan, and then you have two things. labor is fully ready to be there as long as they need to be there. they've got their same apparatus and ground game that they had from the elections still in place, so i don't think they're going anywhere, and they'll be looking at measures or ways that they can bring a citizens sort of protest to this and see if they can find a way to repeal it. >> getting past the unions, which was key in wisconsin, they lost in wisconsin wishes but when you get your neighbors out, you get the people who like the nurses and teachers that aren't in the unions, people, you know, family members. a lot of family members are a
soaring into space. the north american air defense space said it put an object into orbit. north korea says it's a scientific satellite, but the u.s. believes the launch is a cover for testing ballistic missile technology. a senior administration official says the u.s. will wush for a u.n. security council resolution condemning the loss as well as possible sanctions. members began meeting behind closed doors about an hour ago. joining us is former new mexico governor bill richardson. gooz to see you. you're a former u.n. ambassador to the. does it concern you? >> it does concern me. my hope was that the new leader in north korea, kim jong-un, would pick a different path than his father, that he would be more moderate. i think still there's possibilities of dialogue. i'm not sure when. i think he did this for domestic reasons. the last missile launch failed. he only has one year in leadership. he wants to show his people that despite their economic problems, they have military and missile technolo technology, that they're a major power in space, militarilmilita buttress themselves with
of the winter months. if we have a nor'easter our defenses are so far down that would be like a person's immune system being susceptible to any type of illness. and thirdly, we come with less than 30 days to the end of the congress. in which this has to be done. i feel like i have to be hue dinny to accomplish this -- hue deany to accomplish this -- hue dinny to accomplish this. but we're going to do this. we're going to do this. secretary, i look forward to your work and your help as we get there and to our colleagues as well. thank you, mr. chairman, for your indulgence. >> i would note that senator men endezz will chair -- menendez will chair a hearing next month, december 10, on superstorm sandy. >> thank you for joining us. i would like to understand better an aspect of the act warle review. -- act warle review. -- act wearl review. -- actuarial review. you observe on page eight of your testimony the fact that the lower the interest rate environment the worse shape the fund is to simplify things. you walk through the mechanisms by which lower interest rates, while good for the economy over
of narrowly tailored to overturn section three of the defense of american act and section three prohibits the federal government from recognizing legal state-sanctioned marriages in the nine states that now have legal same-sex marriage. >> bill: plus the district of columbia. >> plus the dict of columbia. thank you. >> bill: this section has been ruled unconstitutional. >> about ten times now. i think it is actually ten times. the interesting thing, i saw this morning in the news and i think it was reported in the washington blade but now that the house g.o.p. like paul clement, the guy who's defending doma for the house right because the u.s. government stopped defending it. >> bill: the administration will not defend it. eric holder, barack obama say no. >> not doing it, right. they've spent $1.5 million over the past two years the house g.o.p. and paul clement spent $1.5 million defending this. that's your tax dollars going to work fellas. just want you to know. and they've reached their cap now. so app
detention home. criminal defense attorney anne bremner joins me. this is one of those stories where we're talking abo it this morning and everybody's jaw is on the floor, the affiliate here in portland, k2, they had a loaded handgun, ran from police, were handed over to their parents. i know they're i want to say itty-bitty but apparently not so much, can you not charge them? >> it is an astonishing story. my jaw is dropping right here. you think, portland? these kids? the gun and the bullets and everything else. but they can't -- they're too young. they're so young, it is an astonishing story, but too young to charge. because they don't have the capacity to commit a crime. they don't have the requisite knowledge about their criminality, potential crimin criminality to commit a crime. so they don't go to juvie. they go to their parents. where are they going next? who knows. >> they go home to their parents, you hope their parents punish them. there is no recourse? >> that's right. at least in the criminal laws. now, under the civil laws, the parents can be potentially held liable for t
those weapons are actually being loaded into bombs. it's a move the defense secretary leon panetta is reiterating would be a red line for the united states. and it's a moment senator john mccain now claims may be the last warning washington gets. cnn's senior international correspondent arwa damon is inside syria right now where the fighting rages on. >> reporter: aleppo's old city has not seen such devastation since occupied by the mongol invaders eight centuries ago. this mosque for example dates back to 1315. this is syria's rich cultural heritage. and now everywhere we look it's been scarred by war. once bustling winding streets now a maze of ever-shifting front lines. overhead, the thundering of fighter jets. a small han lodging for caravans lies in ruins. for more than three millennia aleppo has been a cross roads for traders. we hurried through the courtyard of a traditional home. sheets are strung across streets to block snipers' line of sight. those who dare venture quickly across. a unit of fighters records people's names and license plates. only those who have shops here
can use the royal we as we're pregnant. that's okay. but in her defense -- >> stephanie: yes? >> there probably are family members who were momentarily confused. if history is -- path to prologue. they went oh my god what? oh! just you. it is the end times. jehovah god. michele bachmann called and congratulated him and then she went over and yelled at marcus. >> the day is at hand. we're in the last days. your jehovah god. >> maybe marcus can carry the next five. >> stephanie: is it me or -- she talks like a toddler. please don't talk to me. >> don't pinch my cheeks. >> who's the lilja hova god with the tummy tum tum? >> peekaboo! >> i see all. i can't play peekaboo. i'm all-knowing too. you can't hide the keys. i know which hand it is in. i created your hands. >> stephanie: can't play peekaboo. >> oh, you're a cutesy. >> stephanie: cranky old john mccain wants to be on the committee to yell questions at susan rice. >> hey i wonder why. maybe it's because he's out of committees because he's terme
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